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Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Late last week, a report surfaced revealing that Facebook enables advertisers to exclude certain people based on race. With this feature, advertisers can make sure their advertisements are only seen by certain people — only whites, for example — while excluding others including Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans. The feature is available for advertisements that can't legally make those exclusions.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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Here’s what happen to your unused mobile data quota according to this video

Here’s what happen to your unused mobile data quota according to this video

In the US and in most other countries when you pay for data each month, you lose what you don’t use with most carriers. This is a major source of annoyance for just about everyone who has a mobile phone with a data plan. If you pay for something and don’t use it all, you should get to keep that data. AT&T and other carriers in the US do allow you to roll over unused data.

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FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

While some types of sponsored content are easy to spot, that kind of transparency hasn't quite made its way into the social media realm. Tweets, status updates, Instagram photos and more dot the digital landscape with celebrities holding or using products, slyly showcasing notable brands to their thousands or millions of followers. Often times, these posts are advertisements the individual is getting paid to publish...but rarely are the statuses flagged as such.

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Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera has announced a controversial new feature for its browsers on iOS, Android and Windows Phone: native ad blocking. Those who choose to enable it will have the browser block advertisements for them, something that feels beneficial on the user end but ultimately harms the websites those users visit. Opera says the new native ad blocking feature will help speed up mobile browsing while reducing data usage.

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Three’s ad-blocking initiative could kill the internet

Three’s ad-blocking initiative could kill the internet

We've known since February that the UK wireless carrier Three has had plans to block advertising on mobile devices. Today the company outlined their strategy by announcing that they would offer 500,000 of their customers the opportunity to opt-in to a test of this service, which will happen sometime next month.

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Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google is going to add shopping advertisements to its image search, presenting related products to browsers and giving them a way to click-through and buy. The advertisements will show up for users on mobile, with Google saying that this year has seen 34-percent of online purchases happening through mobile devices. Likewise, the company says it has seen the number of mobile shopping searches on its own service jump 30-percent in the past year.

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Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook is going to add video advertisement support to Instant Articles, a platform for publishers that presents articles more quickly to the social network’s users. In addition to the new video advertisements, Instant Articles will also get a new ad unit block on top of the ones already available, something Facebook anticipates will boost ad impressions more than 20-percent.

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Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook has opened up a new option to advertisers: fullscreen advertisements. The ads are part of its "Canvas" offering, which is limited to mobile and promises to better engage users than regular (read: smaller) ads. The user must click on an advertisement for it to go fullscreen -- once they do, it could offer up more than one type of medium, for example embedding an advertisement video within a larger image. These advertisements will show up on users' timelines.

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Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Facebook Messenger will start sending you advertisements in the next few months, according to a new report. The feature won’t be a free-for-all for companies to spam out ads, but will instead allow businesses with whom users have chatted to then start dishing private advertisements, the logic seemingly being that if you chatted with the company you’re probably interested in its items. Facebook reportedly also has prepped a method to get more users into chats with businesses (opening the door to those ads).

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Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Just last week, Google seemed to declare war on mobile ad-blockers on the Google Play app store. It all started when they blocked Adblock Fast from the store. The most bizarre part of the story was Google's vague reasoning behind their decision, which was that it violated Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Well, now they appear to have reversed course.

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The Android ad-blocking war has begun

The Android ad-blocking war has begun

Google blocks an ad-blocking from the Google Play app store not long after Samsung announced an ad-blocking API release for its own web browser. Thus begins the ad-blocking war on Android devices in ernest. This is not the first time an Android app has been blocked from Google's official app store for disobeying the official developer rules - and at this time it's not entirely clear whether or not the block has been put in place for something new, or the same reason as the old.

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